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Historic Flooding Leaves Louisiana Property Owners Grappling with Insurance Issues

Because of record-breaking floodwaters across the state, nearly half of Louisiana parishes have been declared disaster areas.

According to the most recent reports from state and federal officials, water damage has been reported in about 13,200 homes and businesses.

For many people, this is the first time rising water has ever reached their properties, and until now flood insurance didn't seem necessary.

Craig Fugate, the administrator of FEMA, has said the extent of the flooding is unprecedented. He noted at a press conference that regular homeowners insurance generally does not include flood coverage, and unless you live in a flood zone where flood insurance is required, you probably haven't purchased the additional insurance.

In fact, Gov. John Bel Edwards said he spoke with an elderly couple who have lived in Beauregard Parish for 50 years, and flooding had never been a problem for the couple before. This time, however, flooding destroyed their home.

So far, Louisianans have filed about 3,600 flood insurance claims, and that number is expected to increase.

Legal disputes over first-party insurance claims, including flood damage claims, are not uncommon. At Schexnaydre Law Firm, we negotiate and litigate a wide variety of insurance law disputes in Louisiana and nationwide.

If you have legal concerns regarding insurance coverage, then don't hesitate to speak with a Louisiana attorney with experience in this complex area of law. For more on these matters, please see our insurance law overview.

Businesses and homeowners without flood insurance can also seek disaster relief through FEMA. Those in need of federal flood relief are encouraged to register their claims with the agency as soon as possible.

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